ABOUT The Mental Coach

What I'm best at, and what fuels the passion I have for doing it, is helping people overcome what is holding them back, and consistently bring out the potential inside of them, especially in competition.

I specialize in doing that with professional golf (and those who want to be), and I also work in other areas - baseball and other sports, performing, creative and fine arts, and helping people get relief from chronic and intractable pain (and illness).

I created the method to do this

My experience in sports competition, the medical field and business world gives me a unique perspective on pressure and the mental game.

Studying and using mental training tools for peak performance and pain management, for over 30 years, gave me the resources to create my Kenward Mental Coaching Method.

My method focuses on using those tools to create solutions, custom-tailored to your unique and specific needs, to quickly get people the results they want.

Starting with the drive to win

My experience in sports competition taught me about the stress, pressure and drive to win. I understand the frustration when a player's potential in practice doesn't come out in competition.

That is why I specialize in solving problems with players (and performers) who know what to do but are not consistently doing their best, under pressure, in competition. I know that everyone has tremendous potential and my Kenward Mental Coaching Method helps players (and performers) bring it out under pressure in competition.

Learning about the mental game

Serving as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman in a Naval Hospital Emergency Room made me a believer in the mind/body connection. Those powerful experiences helped me understand that there is more to coping, and thriving, under pressure than what a person thinks.

I learned that the power of expectation and imagination can bring a person soaring up to their potential or send them spiraling down to disaster. This started my journey of learning much more about mind/body tools.

A motorcycle accident in my 20's left me with a damaged body and chronic pain, with a medical prognosis of just getting worse as I got older. I used my medical experiences as a reality check of human potential, which led me to learn that I could use mental training tools to turn down the pain.

That was such a powerful experience that I kept learning more and more mental training tools to see what else the power of the mind could do - they were my secret weapons in college and business and they can be your secret weapon for peak performance and consistency in your sport, career and life.

I'm glad I learned them, because an elevator accident in my early 40's left me with a damaged back as well. Still, I manage the pain using my mental tools, without drugs.

Anyone can learn to do this!

Problem-solving through education, training and experience

In the Navy, I was taught to think like a flow chart and learned the value of programmed conditioned responses (useful skills in crisis situations).

In college, I combined studying the external (physical sciences) with the internal (psychology, human communication) so I could have a more in-depth understanding of human behavior and potential.

In the business world, I learned, and used, many different analytical problem-solving systems in a variety of industries.

I've also had hundreds of hours of professional training in a variety of mental training tools.

This education, training and experience helped me understand the difference between thinking about problems and reacting to pressure. This led me to create my Kenward Mental Coaching Method for overcoming obstacles and succeeding under pressure (especially in competition), that leads to fast results that last.

It's about solving problems, not trying to cover them up or learning to cope with them.

Family and fun

Everyone needs balance in their life. Family and fun helps with mine. I'm married to a geologist and we live with both a dog and cat.

I love the mountains, and am fortunate to live in Sacramento, California, where an hour of driving gets me (and my Doberman Pinscher, Orion) up to the Sierra Nevada mountains (lots of great hiking and camping). But the special travel spot in my heart is Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, where my wife and I got married (click here for a great picture) and go back every year to look at one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Companion animals are an important part of my life. When I speaks to groups, I often illustrate key points by telling humorous stories about the adventures of our family dogs Apollo (Doberman, he passed away in 2005 but always remembered), Allie (my wife's Black Lab - she passed away at age 15), Maggie (Allie's littermate we adopted at age 11 - she passed away a year later) and Orion (Doberman, driving us crazy every day). You can see more photos of the "crazy dogs" on my personal Facebook page.

Helping combat veterans with stress and pain

I'm a former U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, and there's a special place in my heart for helping combat veterans relieve and control negative stress and chronic pain - privately and in groups - at no charge. Contact me to learn more or pass along my name and number if you know a veteran in need.

Getting Relief from Cancer

I also use my mental coaching tools to help cancer patients relieve and control pain, and increase their comfort and energy, also at no charge.

Contact me to learn more.

David Kenward - The Mental Coach
(916) 802-5897 david@thementalcoach.com
3400 Watt Ave, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95821

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